Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snap Chat… We use social media every day. Whether you’re wishing a friend happy birthday, checking in at your local bar, or listing your apartment up for rent, you could be putting yourself at risk for burglary.
It sounds unimaginable, but the fact is that your personal information has never been more accessible. It’s crucial to keep yourself aware of the ways your information can be compromised.
- Keep Track of your Personal Information
If you forget your password, online banking and other secure services use personal questions. Let’s be honest: so many of us fill out our personal questions without a second thought. Common examples include mother’s maiden name, childhood pet, or graduation year; all information that is easily found.
Pay attention to the security questions and answers you choose. Many of us have our family on Facebook, so someone could quickly find your mother’s maiden name. Or maybe you post a cute throwback photo of you and your first pet. And of course, Facebook and LinkedIn will list the year you graduated in your personal information.
Through profile settings you can easily remove this information, or keep it friends-only or private, whichever option is available to you.
- Be Careful When Letting People into Your Home
Airbnb has changed the way a lot of people travel. By allowing people to rent their entire homes or single rooms to travelers at better rates than hotels, Airbnb is doing a lot to create a great travel experience for many people.
Airbnb uses Facebook to background check potential guests, as well as check user reviews, and they provide impeccable customer service. Despite this, there is always a risk involved when letting strangers into your home.
Considerations can include:
- Having mail delivered to a different address
- Keeping valuables in a safe
- Install Security Cameras
- Securely store financial, medical, and insurance information
- Watch Your Check-Ins
When Location Services are enabled in your phone, it means wherever you go can be posted to social media while uploading photos, sometimes without your knowledge or consent. These geolocation tags can be revealing of many things, including your daily routine, when you are away from home, or even your home address. To avoid this risk, you can disable location services in your smartphone’s settings.
There are many steps you can take to avoid violation of your property and privacy. Common sense is key; for example, don’t post a photo of your debit card on Facebook (yes, it has happened), however the risks are not always that obvious. With so much of our personal information out there, we live in a time where we must consider all possible risks.
No matter how careful you are, there’s always a chance your personal information will get into the wrong hands. Precautions such as burglary alarms and CCTV cameras are simply your best bet to protect your home and possessions! For more information, contact our team today.